Brandi “Cipherella” Stephney, also known as Omega Born, is a threateningly talented singer-songwriter, musician, prolific emcee, poet, humanitarian, and philosopher who is skilled in the art of storytelling. Born and raised in Tuscaloosa, AL, Cipherella sought refuge in New York City in 2013 to further her musical career and solidify herself as a artist contender, two years after she and her mother lost everything in a tornado. Since her arrival in the big apple, Cipherella has served as the host for New York’s longest running monthly open mic at the infamous NuYorican’s Poets café; she has been a contributing writer for M-Pire Magazine, and is currently a reappearing guest judge for Supreme Bars: The Ultimate Emcee and Producer Battle.
Known for her enthusiastic views, Cipherella’s upbeat personality, witty remarks, and mysteriously odd replies, often demand attention whenever she speaks. Comparable to Queen Latifah and Bahamdia, Cipherella gained attention for her robust instrumental selections accompanied by her dominant, cultured and quite often-rebellious lyrics, especially noted in her 2017 release “Moments,” whose video received rave reviews and was the contender and winner of several film festivals throughout the world.
Influenced by MC Lyte, Tupac Shakur, Outkast, Joi Gilliam, and Erykah Badu, those who have followed Cipherella’s career can agree that she is cut from the same cloth and that their influences are the DNA strands embedded in her unique and ever-evolving style. Afropunk called Cipherella “ A Hip Hop Priestess in the making” when doing a write-up for the premier of her latest, well-anticipated, audio/visual release, Dumb Dumb.